KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, March 24, 2020
U.S. Soccer announced on Monday the appointment of William Wilson as the new chief executive officer and secretary-general during a tumultuous period for the organization.
The 52-year-old executive comes into his new role after predecessor Dan Flynn stepped down in September 2019.
"We are thrilled Will is joining U.S. Soccer as our CEO. He brings an unrivaled set of experience and expertise to soccer in America. His global perspective, background in marketing and growing sporting events and extensive experience in the sports business will be invaluable in growing soccer at all levels. Soccer is the world's game and Will is the perfect person to help us grow it to America's game," said U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone in a statement.
Wilson has nearly 30 years of experience in the sports industry. His most recent job was executive vice president and co-head of football at Wasserman sports agency. He was also executive vice president of international business and special events for Major League Soccer and Soccer United Marketing over a four-year period.
"I'm very excited to be joining U.S Soccer," said Wilson. "I have always admired the Federation from afar and have long felt that the U.S. Soccer crest is one of the best brands in the business. There is nothing like harnessing our nation's support behind our Women's and Men's National Teams, and I see significant upside in our ability to work with our Membership to grow participation levels, increase our commercial business and drive our ability to compete on the field at the highest level."
The appointment of the London-born executive comes after the resignation of Carlos Cordeiro from the presidency on March 12 following the release of court documents from U.S. Soccer's lawyers slighting the contributions of the women's national team as both sides deal with an equal pay dispute. The organization also has other unsettled lawsuits on its table.
Wilson will start his new jobs on March 30.